02.11.2011 - 02.11.2011 30 °C
Early the next morning we were met by our guides Marty and Wayan. The itinerary was comprehensive; it began with a scenic drive through the rural and artisan area, with a pause overlooking cascading paddy fields before our first destination, a coffee plantation.
After sampling their range of herbal teas, coffees, fruit and chocolates, we continued higher up the valley to a restaurant overlooking the volcano. After breakfast we started our downhill cycle. The weather was warm and humid but fortunately overcast.
After a false start with faulty brakes, we glided down the narrow roads, taking in the views of the countryside. It was an easy descent with only some steep parts, there was hardly any need to pedal at all. This all downhill route took around 3 hours, with our guides stopping on occasion to show us temples, local village homes and rice harvesting at the fields. The locals were kind and friendly, kids were running up to give us high fives as we rode past and we could hear greetings echoing all day.
Ending with a lunch back in central Ubud we were dropped off at our bungalow. It was a great insight into Bali village life, definitely worth more than the $35 AUD we spent for the day!
After a massage in the evening we ran into Anna and Luke and swapped travel stories over dinner.